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[12/20/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Rakuten Eagles, Orix Buffaloes

by on Dec.21, 2013 @ 2:38 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito has plans to work out with teammate Takumi Oshima for about one week, beginning around January 3, in Gunma Prefecture.

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2013

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The media learned that Shohei Otani will sign his first sponsorship contract with Oakley Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions received the Yomiuri Giants' list of protected players on Friday.  If they select a player as part of their compensation for losing Yasuyuki Kataoka, they will most likely go after a pitcher.  Their decision will most likely come some time early next month.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2013

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The number eighteen, formerly worn by Hideaki Wakui, will not be reassigned to someone else for the 2014 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2013

Wakui dropped by the Seibu team offices on Friday to say his goodbyes.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2013

Softbank Hawks

With the large influx of foreign players this off-season, there are some in the organization that feel Bryan LaHair should be released, even if it means the team loses 180 million yen.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/20/2013

The Hawks could fill their four foreign players roster spots with three pitchers and one position player.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles finished signing all their Japanese players on Friday, with the exception of Masahiro Tanaka.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2013

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The Eagles are looking into foreign players that can play third base.

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi used a heavier baseball during soft-toss batting practice on Friday.  The ball weighed 240 grams, about 100 grams heavier than usual.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2013

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The Buffaloes likely offered Chihiro Kaneko a multi-year deal and a one-year deal.  Kaneko opted for the one-year deal, not because he knew he might earn his domestic FA option, but because he did not want to fall into some sort of a comfort-zone that might keep him from doing his best.

Source: Daily Sports 12/20/2013

According to Sports Hochi, the multi-year deal may have been three years at over 600 million yen.

"I have not really thought about going year-to-year just because I might earn my FA option [next year].  It might be selfish of me to think this, but I am worried my stats will drop if I sign a multi-year deal.  Every year is a new battle.  I want to feel that urgency," Kaneko said.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/2013

Kaneko is also quoted as saying, "There was a difference in opinion between what I wanted and what the organization was thinking.  I cannot say that I am one hundred percent satisfied."

Source: Sanspo 12/20/2013

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Shunta Goto will keep his registered name "Shunta" even though he can change it to "Goto" with Mitsutaka Goto no longer on the team.

"I first want to have a good season next year.  I would like to try playing with Goto on my back [at some point], but it is not like I am unhappy [with Shunta].  People might have an easier time remembering anyway" Goto said.

Source: Daily Sports 12/20/2013

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